Most Christians are not satisfied to be mere observers of the green movement. Three-quarters of self-identified Christians (78%) agree they would like to see their fellow Christians take a more active role in caring for God’s creation in a way that is both informed and biblical. Among evangelicals, 90% would like Christians to take a more active role in caring for creation, with 67% agreeing strongly. This sentiment is firmly endorsed by a majority of active churchgoers who are Catholic (52%), mainline Protestant (62%), and non-mainline Protestant (67%).When asked why "green" behavioral changes were made, most respondants across all faith segments cited a desire to become better stewards over concern over global warming.
Most surveyed have never heard a sermon about "creation care" or being stewards of the environment.
David Kinnaman, who directed the research (and co-authored unChristian), notes that "the Christian community is in tension about environmental engagement, being surprisingly active and engaged, but unsure about what to do next or whom to believe. Many Christians are reluctant to embrace the modern environmental movement, with concerns about the objectivity of the media as well as the best way to solve the problems. Rather, many evangelicals are concerned that proposed solutions to global warming would actually hurt the poor."
I have to confess, I'm one of those evangelicals who've never heard a sermon on the environment. Most of my environmental education came from over 15-years ago when I listened to conservative talk radio. It's only been in recent years, that I've read N.T. Wright and begun to grow a theological framework that's caused me to grow in my concern for the environment. Now, I'm approaching mid-life and have the habits of indifference that need to change. My goal? I'm making a small change or two every few months, waiting for it to feel like its routine, and then adding another.
How about you?